Los Angeles officials have steadfastly refused to identify the Wet Prince of Bel Air, the homeowner who pumped an astonishing 11.8 million gallons of water during a single year of California’s crippling drought. So we decided to figure it out ourselves. The hard way.
This past year has been an important – and wild – one for us at Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting. Here’s a rundown of some of the dust we’ve kicked up, the changes we’ve spurred and the conversations we’ve started in 2015.
Since we sniffed out California’s largest known residential water user, state water agencies have been compelled to act in response to news organizations’ public records requests.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to crack down on the area’s biggest water guzzlers, giving the city’s water agency 30 days to report back on ways to rein in excessive use.
Four Los Angeles city councilmen are pushing the city’s water agency to crack down on the largest guzzlers, while a volunteer “drought posse” is on the lookout for a Bel Air resident who used nearly 12 million gallons in a year.